The 2018 Archery Trade Association show is a trade show spanning over 400,000 square feet of exhibit space with 500 plus exhibitors. The show is a trade show that had over 8,000 in attendance, 3,000 qualified buyers, and 300 vetted media representatives. Life in Camo Media was lucky enough to be one of the media attendees.

The show offers a sneak peek at new products, even before they are launched to the public. New traditional bows, compound bows, bowfishing bows, and crossbows are introduced, and the attendees can shoot those bows at the indoor lanes for a hands-on experience. The networking that we can do at the show sets Life in Camo Media up for an entire year of products to take to the field for reviewing, field photos, and published reviews.

This year, like the years we have attended in the past, did not disappoint. This year was a huge success for Life in Camo Media, and we were able to put many items on our spring, summer, and fall editorial calendar. Those products are products we will share with you, our followers on the new website, http://www.LifeinCamo.com, that we are launching next week, and through other venues that write for.

I want to bring a quick mention here of some of the products we are excited about for 2018:

Primos Double Bull Surround View Blinds
The Primos Double Bull Surround View Blinds are the first that offer one-way see through walls. The blind is available with a 360 degree, a 270-degree, and 180-degree view. The 360-degree blind offers a 70” height and a 60”x60” floor space. With legendary Double Bull material and construction offering silent slide closure of the 180-degree full front shooting window, five shoot-through ports, four one-way see through walls and one moveable blackout curtain. The exterior is TRUTH camo pattern specifically to hide ground blinds in any terrain. For more information, visit the Primos website.

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Alps Outdoorz Deception Blind
Alps Outdoorz has released the first low-profile hub-style blind perfect for the turkey hunter. The NWTF Deception Blind is only 46 inches tall at the center, it is lightweight and is perfect to use with turkey hunting chairs. The smaller footprint blind with four hub-style walls is quick and quiet to set up and take down with an extra-large door opening for easy access. The 270-degree silent-track window system allows limitless window configurations. The blind includes a convenient shoulder strap carry bag for easy transport. For more information, visit the Alps Outdoorz website.

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Chama Chair All-Terrain Swivel Chair
The Chama Chair is an easy to set-up, 360-degree swivel hunting chair with a backrest that can be used on any terrain with the telescoping legs and pivoting duck feet. The quiet and comfortable swivel chair seat is ideal for blinds or your favorite dove field. No more fumbling in the dark trying to get your chair set up, simply open the legs, and one twist of a knob locks the chair in place. The padded seat is a triangular shape large enough not to have any pressure points making it comfortable for extended sitting. The base is light construction, and the chair comes with a tube-style carry bag for convenient carrying. Visit the Chama Charis website for more information.

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Hurricane Safety System Gravity Forward Climbing Sticks
The Gravity Forward Climbing Sticks have a unique design like no other on the market. The angle of the sticks allows for the hunter’s center of gravity to shift forward, resulting in a more balanced climb and less body fatigue. The parallel steps allow for climbing left or right foot first. Each step has a wave cut tread pattern for better traction and is longer than standard climbing-stick steps. The solid, sturdy all-steel design requires a no-tools, minimal assembly for erecting in the field. Each section has a graduated brace that rests against the tree that is attached to the tree with a ratchet strap. The bottom climbing stick has a base plate that digs into the ground for a secure base. The Hurricane Safety Systems Gravity Forward Climbing Sticks are available in 16’ set weighing 30 pounds and 20’ set weighing 40 pounds. For more information on this product, visit the Hurricane Safety System website.

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Garmin Xero A1 and A1i Bow Sight
Garmin has released the first digital ranging laser bow sight that works at the touch of a button conveniently located on the front of the bow grip. The Garmin Xero A1 and A1i automatically range the distance of the intended target, compensates for angle based on the target, the distance and angle are displayed on the on-board screen, and the bow sight provides the archer with a virtual LED pin for a precise shot. The A1i offers multicolor pins and a laser locate feature to assist in finding the exact spot where the target was located when the shot was made. The A1 and A1i weigh, on average, the same as other single pin sights. Two AAA lithium batteries average a year’s worth of use in the unit. For more information on this product, visit the Garmin website.

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Spypoint
One of the leading game camera companies has released new technology for their Link, Solar, and Force series, Buck Tracker Antler Recognition Technology. This technology automatically sorts through photos and sorts out photos with antlers saving hours viewing trail camera photos. This is going to offer more effective scouting and patterning of target bucks. This technology is complimentary in the Link, Solar, and Force cameras, even those already purchased. It is a download directly to the app. Spypoint also introduced another camera to their LINK series for 2018, the Link Dark with invisible black LED for night photos. Visit the Spypoint website to find out more about the new LINK Dark and the Buck Tracker Antler Recognition Technology.

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Lowdown High-Speed Trail Cam Viewer
The Lowdown is a trail cam viewer that is three times faster than any other viewer on the market. It is not only fast when viewing a large number of photos or videos; it has high definition 9” color touchscreen for easy manipulation when viewing. Easy finger-zoom on images allows you to view important details on photos. Easily delete individual photos or a group of selected photos, and save the images you want on a second micro SD card, clearing your cameras SD card for reinsertion. The unit has an HDMI cable port for viewing photos and videos on a TV. The Lowdown also plays sounds from video and even offers a headphone port. The company offers a Lowdown 30-day Bigger/Faster/Easier Performance Guarantee, that is how confident the company is that you will be pleased with this product. For more information on this product, visit the Lowdown website.

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4S Advanced Wildlife Solutions Block Feeder
4S Advanced Wildlife Solutions has introduced an innovative block feeder for mineral and protein blocks. If you feed mineral or protein blocks year round, this feeder is ideal for your management program. The durable all-metal construction protects feed and mineral blocks from rain and weather extending the life of the blocks. The unit fits up to three blocks and as the bottom block is finished, the next block drops down. The unit has an adjustable height to keep wild hogs and other animals from consuming the block. The perfect situation for remote areas and those areas that you do not want to disturb often. For more information on this product visit the 4S Advanced Wildlife Solutions website.

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Hunter’s Kloak Concealment Mister System
A scent concealment system that puts out a mist of scent at a regulated time while you hunt. The small unit is Mossy Oak Break-Up Country and easy to conceal with a hanging lanyard. The hunter has the option of choosing the regulated time that the scent is disbursed. The kit comes with the electronic mister, charging cable, versatile lanyard, and earth scent cartridge. The scents available are Earth, Pine, and Cedar in the conceal group, Acorn, Apple, Sugar Beet, Carrot, Sweet Corn, Peanut Butter, and Vanilla in the Attract group, and Citronella in the repel group. For more information, visit the Hunter’s Kloak website.

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Wild Carrot Deer Attractant
A disposable drag rag and scent wick all in one. This unique product comes in a sealed package that you tear open, attach it to a retractable drag wheel that stays attached to your boot, and as you walk into your stand, it disburses scent on the trail as you walk. Once you are at your stand, hang it, and the wind carries the scent of the attractant. Attracts deer for up to three weeks. The product is disposable so you can gather them up on your way out. Individually sealed attractant stays fresh all season and comes in doe and buck urine, rutting buck, and estrus doe. Visit the Wild Carrot Scents website for more information.

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Heated Hunts Scent System
Heated Scent Dispenser makes the scent appear fresh and sends scent further down range for more effectiveness. The convenient sized, easy to use unit is filled with the scent of your choice, push the easy on/off button to start warming scents, a silicone heater starts warming the scent, you hang the unit in a tree, and let the wind do the work for you driving deer your way. The unit dispenses scents up to 14 hours on 4 AA batteries, depending on outside temperature. Heated Hunts also has a line of advanced natural and synthetic scents High Octane, Seductive Doe, Brute Buck, and Buck-Tella. The High Octane is pure lab verified doe estrus to verify estrogen levels. A 5X Series Attractant and Cover Series are available as well in Sweet Corn 5X, Irresistible 5X, Fresh Apple 5x, Acorn 5x, Scent Off 5X, and Dirt 5X. For more information, visit the Heated Hunts website.

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Life in Camo looks forward to sharing our experience in the field with these products and the many more that we will be taking on the hunt with us this year. Stay tuned to our Life in Camo Facebook page for the announcement of our new website going live in the next week.

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